Pregnancy is an exciting time of life with many changes. Many women choose to receive chiropractic during pregnancy and you may be wondering if it’s right for you. As a mother is progressing through the pregnancy her body will face new kinds of stress on the spine and pelvis. Chiropractors work with the nervous system by removing spinal misalignments called subluxations. These misalignments which may have been silent before the pregnancy can create uncomfortable symptoms as physical stress increases. Some of the classic symptoms of subluxations in pregnancy can be pain and discomfort in the low back, hips, and pubic bones. Additionally, pregnancy hormones which relax ligaments to prepare for labor also can create instability of all joints including the spine and pelvis.
Dr. Ballam is trained to evaluate the nervous system and detect subluxations. At Legacy Chiropractic we utilized the Gonstead Method, a systematic approach of evaluating the spine and pelvis for subluxations. Great care is taken to specifically identify the problem and correct it with the highest level of precision. With the Gonstead Method, several adjusting tables are available to provide the care so that the mother and baby have the maximum amount of comfort. In fact many of our pregnant patients have asked if they can take our tables home since they are so relaxing!
In addition to using the Gonstead Method, Dr. Ballam also uses the Webster Technique with pregnant patients. This analysis checks for misalignment of the pelvis which could cause intrauterine constraint and breach presentation. The Webster Technique has demonstrable success in decreasing breach presentation at labor.
Research has shown that
- 84% of pregnant women receiving chiropractic treatments received relief from low back pain.
- Women under chiropractic care had nearly a 25% reduction in the average labor time. (With women who had given birth in the past, that number rose to 33%.)
- Postpartum pain was relieved in 75% of moms that received regular chiropractic care.
As part of your health care team, we would like to help you experience the best pregnancy possible. If you are pregnant or you are planning to become pregnant please call our office to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Ballam to learn more about how chiropractic can help you.
Did you know that chiropractic care during pregnancy not only helps mom but also the baby? Read more about it here.
By John Ballam